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The Great Dolomites Traverse

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 8 people
Destination(s): Italy  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Military History  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2400 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2400 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

The Dolomites Traverse (8 days, 6 days of hiking):
June 23 - June 30
June 30 - July 7
July 07 - 14
July 14 - 21
July 21 - 28
August 11 - 18
August 18 - 25
September 01 - 08

If you are looking for dramatic views, stunning sunsets, copious amounts of fine food and wine, hiking for all ability levels and a combination of Germanic precision and Italian flair, the Dolomites are probably what you are looking for. With kilometers of well-maintained trails, friendly, comfortable mountain huts, and geological wonders such as karstic plateau and towering rock faces, our walks are as diverse as the cultures and languages of the Dolomites.

South Tyrol, which the Austrians had to cede to Italy after loosing WWI, has been a major battle ground with fortified tunnels and mountain-top gun emplacements, that can still be seen in the mountains today. Despite first-class infrastructure and with major international airports a few hours away, the Dolomites still see far fewer visitors than one would expect. Our hikes have been chosen for the diversity of the terrain and to incorporate the rich and complex history of this region. Starting in Castelrotto (Kastelruth), our traverse will take in the most important peaks and hikes on offer.

Tour Itinerary:

Transfer from Venice or Munich to our hotel in Corvara, at the heart of the Ladin-speaking culture.
Free afternoon, briefing and welcome dinner with our local guides.
Included: LT, D

After a hearty breakfast, we will take a short bus to Passo Pordoi and hike up for one hour to the large ledge at the bottom of the vertical walls of the Sella Massif, one of the most impressive faces in the Dolomites.

From there, we make our way to the Rifugio Kostner and back down to the valley. We have the option to either lengthen or shorten the day by taking a cable car half way down or all the way down to Corvara.

Walking time is about 5.5 hours. Depending on the hike, up to 300 vertical meters of climbing and up to 800 descending. We have the option of visiting a war memorial for all fallen soldiers during WWI and WWII.
Included: LT, B, L, D

From Corvara we will hike up along the Hunter's Trail to the Rifugio Cherz and then on to Pralongia, beneath the wall of Setsass, over to Forte Valparola and then will take the gondola to the Rifugio Lagazuoi, our home for the night.

The rifugio is situated near one of the major fronts during WWI. Elaborate trenches, fortifications and gun emplacements can still be seen. We have the option of hiking through the Sass de Stria tunnels, which were part of the Austrian front. Walking time about 7.5 hours.
Included: LT, B, L, D

Today's hike takes us from Rifugio Lagazuoi to the Rifugio Averau.
We can walk through the tunnels and visit some of the open-air museums, or walk down the normal path, or even do a via ferrata (using climbing harnesses, cables and ladders to access rock bands and cliffs cut out of the mountain, for an extra cost.)

We will have an opportunity to visit the Cinque Torri trenches and the infamous front, which pitted the Austrian army against the Italian Alpine troops during WWI.

Rifugio Averau has one of the best restaurants of not only the alpine rifugios, but the entire area.
The Rifugio Nuvolau, which is situated higher up, offers a stunning 360 degree view over the Sella Massif, the Marmolada, down to Pelmo and Civetta and over to Cortina d'Ampezzo and the Tofanas - and an excellent cappuccino!
Walking time 8 hours
Included: B, L, D

Today's hike brings us one step closer to the famed town of Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Descending through larch forests, we hike under impressive limestone walls, dwarfing everything around.
Our evening's destination is the Rifugio Croda da Lago, built right beside the enchanting Federa Lake.

Walking time 7 hours. 400 meters of vertical gain and 600 meters of descent.
Included: B, L, D

We start our magnificent descent through a densely forested area, circumnavigation the lake, before making our way to Cortina, stopping on the way at the Rifugio Lago de Aial for a coffee.

Once in Cortina, we will have ample time in the afternoon to explore the area, shop and discover why
Cortina is a must during a trip to the Dolomites.
Walking time 5 hours. 800 meters of descent.
Included: LT, B, L, D

One of the most magnificent walks of the entire trip is by far meandering under the massive face of Lavaredo and the surrounding peaks. We begin our day by taking a 40 minute bus ride passing by the lovely Lago Misurina and then onwards to the Rifugio Auronzo.

From here we start the hike. We will be passing under the dramatic south faces of the Lavaredo peaks. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (three peaks) are some of the most coveted climbs in the Alps for obvious reasons.
Vertical walls reaching nearly 3000 meters make for exciting adventures.

We will then make our way to the Bullelejoch Hut for lunch, one of the most impressive rifugios of all the Dolomites. Perched high on the craggy ridge, the hutepitomizes what the Dolomites are all about: good food, amazing hospitality, vibrant culture and stunning views.
After lunch we will hike past the Locatelli hut back to Rifugio Auronzo, and then a bus will take us to Cortina for our farewell dinner.
Walking time 6 hours.
Included: LT, B, L, D

Individual departure of all guests after breakfast.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- One certified hiking and mountain guides
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts, lunches, dinners
- All local transports
- Luggage transfer.

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